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Thurston oaks petition reaches milestone ahead of crunch meeting




An online petition to save oak trees in Thurston has reached 5,500 signatures.

The milestone comes ahead of a crunch meeting on the fate of the mature oaks tomorrow.

The petition is the work of campaigners from the village, supported by Extinction Rebellion Bury St Edmunds, which has already successfully lobbied for utilities to be rerouted into the road and around the trees.

Thurston residents are protesting against the plans to fell oak trees by Persimmon Homes on Ixworth road....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (36761188)
Thurston residents are protesting against the plans to fell oak trees by Persimmon Homes on Ixworth road....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (36761188)

The trees stand on land to the west of Ixworth Road owned by Persimmon Homes, which has planning permission to build 250 houses.

As part of the plans a new footpath and cycleway will be constructed along the line of trees and hedgerows, most of which have already been removed.

Campaigners are working hard to save the remaining oak trees from the axe.

They are concerned the area is conservation of habitat for bats and other species and have conducted a bat survey focussing on the three oldest remaining trees. Data is still being analysed, but campaigners say there was activity from at least five bat species recorded across the trees.

A temporary stay which prevents the felling of the oaks ends tomorrow, but campaigners hope to make the temporary ban permanent.

A meeting between stakeholders from Persimmon Homes, Suffolk County Council, Mid Suffolk District Council, Thurston villagers and Extinction Rebellion is planned for tomorrow.

For more information, go to https://www.change.org/save Thurstons Trees and https://www.facebook.com/SaveThurstonOaks/


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